The postcards are from the Victorian era (called the stile Umbertino in Italian, after the King at the time) as well as contemporary times, the time between the wars as well as the dopo-guerra. Some are more traditional about places, while others are comic, erotic, political, sexist, racist, bawdy, or commercial in nature. A veritable minestrone of a mix! What makes this selection from the collezione Sturani truly fascinating however, is that all the postcards are about food and drink in Italy.
Enrico Sturani is considered the foremost postcard collector and expert in the world, and he put these examples together for Eataly-Rome (on display until the end of December) to show Italy’s approach to food over the past 150 years. This charming selection is interesting precisely because it shows how the country has changed and some of the ways it hasn’t as seen through food, which as we all know is one of the fundamental components of national identity, perhaps in Italy more so than many other places. Enjoy!
Please excuse the glare, unavoidable as the postcards were protected by glass panels.